Once Upon a Time Cross-Stitch Bookmark

I know reading a book on an iPad or Kindle is in vogue right now, but call me old-fashioned – I like to read a book in print. I love to hear the creak when I first crack open a good hardbound book and smell the ink from the pages. What better way to savor the experience than to cross-stitch your own bookmark?

Usually, I grab a magazine blow-in card or paint chip sample to mark my place in a book, but doesn’t a bookmark seem more official? I originally cross-stitched this Once Upon a Time bookmark for a friend in college. A couple of months ago, I found the graph paper pattern I had drawn so long ago stashed in the back of one of my craft drawers. Almost 20 years later, I thought I should make myself one!

Felt back detail

For this bookmark, instead of buying a pre-made bookmark from the craft store, I used 18-count aida fabric and for the floss — 3 strands for the type and 1 strand for all of the back stitching.  To cover the stitches in the back, I cut out a strip of felt (2” x 6-3/4”) and stitched it to the front with an embroidery needle, using half stitches. Finished size, including fringe is 2-3/4” wide x 7-1/2” long.

Do you have any patterns that you return to almost decades after you made it the first time?

book credit: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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  1. Ok, so giving you a heads up, my 40th birthday is in 14 months. This may be my request. I still use my pot holders all the time.